SADC resolves Mahao-Pelele rivalry

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By Pulane Chaka

Former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, Dikgang Moseneke, and his envoy’s three-day visit to Lesotho has ended bickering over reforms issues between national reforms authority and ministry of justice.

Prior to Moseneke’s —SADC facilitator to Lesotho—visit, Minister of Justice Professor Nqosa Mahao and national reforms authority chairperson Pelele Letsoela were in an internecine fight over recruitment of the authority’s secretariat, emoluments of members, and other regulatory issues.

However, Moseneke’s meeting with stakeholders yielded results that included hatching a work schedule that shall be made public and inform members of the public on progress to date.

Moseneke said he achieved the mission of restarting the reform process which had been hampered by the coronavirus and other unresolved administrative issues.

He also acceded that another main reason for his visit was to help resolve the Mahao-Pelele rivalry through role clarification.

“We spoke about NRA, what is your job?’ and ‘you as the Government as well as Parliament, what is your job?’, and by which production belt are these reforms supposed to function? Where do they begin, where do they end, so they end up as laws that are taken up in Parliament?” Moseneke said.

Moseneke said Government and the authority were in complete agreement on what the way forward for the reforms should be.

The facilitator said disagreements on appointment of the authority’s Chief Executive Officer and Deputy, the support to authority’s secretariat, and the emoluments of authority’s members were all issues that had been discussed and were now resolved.

He said a timeline for completion of reforms process has been agreed upon as June 2021 adding this is owing to the fact that “the NRA can only live for twelve months, with an extension for six months and nevermore”.

“…we need to have the reforms prioritized in a way that will ensure that by the time campaigning for elections in 2022 start, we should have completed reforms,” Moseneke said.

Moseneke also said it would be preferable for Basotho to go to 2022 elections with the reforms completed.

“It would be tragic if the nation was called to vote again without the reforms being completed,” he said.

Moseneke said a work schedule shall be completed and made public within the coming fortnight so as to inform the nation on progress of reforms.

Facilitator said his envoy was leaving the Mountain Kingdom with an understanding that they had helped to resolve any underlying issues hindering reforms process from commencing though they would be kept abreast of progress made.

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